Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Closing the Book, Then Opening it Again


I just finished MEMORY by Donald Westlake for our FFB Westlake Day and I felt like reading it again. Anything I pick up next can never measure up.

Boy, did he ever get it right from first word to last. What was the last book you felt like doing that with? A book where you wanted to experience those words again immediately?

15 comments:

Cap'n Bob said...

None, but I wanted to reread A BOY AND HIS DOG a year after first reading it. Rereading is something I almost never do.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I probably will not reread it either in fear it won't be as great as I remember.

Deb said...

I rarely re-read books, especially as I've gotten older and it seems there's less time to even read the books I HAVEN'T read yet, but recently when I finished Graham Joyce's THE SILENT LAND, I went right back and read the last few chapters again. Even though I knew pretty early in the book what was going on, I still liked the way Joyce handled the subject matter and the last chapter actually made me cry.

Anita Page said...

I reread a lot if it's a writer I want to learn from--eg Westlake. I'm rereading Trust Me On This for maybe the fourth time, and he still makes me laugh out loud.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That sounds great, Deb. Will check it out.
TMOT is a very funny one. I did it on a trip on audio.

Richard R. said...

None, never. I have re-read many books over the years, but never had one I wanted to start over as soon as I finished it. I guess there is always something waiting I want to get on to. I did re-read SHOGUN less than a year after finishing it the first time, that's as close as I can recall.

pattinase (abbott) said...

As a kid I did it all the time. And I remember Megan at about 8 finishing GWTW and starting it over again right away. But it is rare as an adult.

Jack Bates said...

DIVERS DOWN, a Whitman hardcover bought at a Rexall drugstore on a family vacation. I think I read it a dozen times.

Lawrence Block clued me in on MEMORY- not personally; I read about it in Mystery Scene magazine. It's hautning- better than Momento.

Jack Bates said...

I think I meant Memento-- that Guy Pearce movie.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I knew what you meant exactly. And that was a movie I immediately wanted to see again.

Naomi Johnson said...

I'm delighted to find someone who thinks as highly of MEMORY as I do. What a terrific book.

Randy Johnson said...

I rarely reread books and when I do, it's usually a few years apart. There's probably less than two handfuls that I've read at least twice. Of those probably one handful I've ever read more than two. Personal favorites, the number of those reads is probably a half dozen, going up every few years.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - I know that feeling! Had it recently with Paddy Richardson's Hunting Blind and then Traces of Red. Both are excellent novels.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I have read and re-read every book by the late spiritual preceptor Eknath Easwaran, the founder of the Blue Mountain Centre of Meditation in California. I think I've mentioned him here before.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning this, Patti. It's one of the books I brought with me to Florida and now I'll move it up the list.

I agree with Rick on SHOGUN, even though I haven't actually reread it as he has. By the time I finished it I felt I knew quite a bit of Japanese (kidding myself, no doubt!).

Jeff M.